An intermodal ship-borne system, for which barges are loaded inland, pushed or towed (either single or interlinked) along an inland waterway (river or canal system) to a point suitable for a ship. There the barges are lifted or towed onto or into the mother ship.
A particular design of a ship designed for the transportation of barges. Abbreviation: LASH.
Transportation mode using barges (lighters), tugs and mother vessels. Lighters are loaded at shallow draft facilities, pushed by tug to deepwater ports where they are loaded by mother ships for ocean crossing.